Thursday, September 14, 2017
THE WORD BECAME FLESH
In Memphis there is a Chinese restaurant which has a large, first-class aquarium. It contains a glorious assortment of tropical fish with colors so extraordinary that only God could have decorated them.
It takes lots of work to run an aquarium. The owner monitors the oxygen and nitrate levels and the ammonia content. The water is filtered. Vitamins, antibiotics, and sulfa drugs must be pumped in. The fish have to be fed regularly.
With all that care and attention, you might think that the fish would adore the owner; but they don’t. Anytime he comes around, they dart away in fear. The owner is like a god to those fish, too big to comprehend, too frightening to love.
The only way to change that would be for the owner to somehow become a fish in order to communicate his real nature to the fish. Similarly, God had to become a human being in order for us to truly understand how much God loves us. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).